Elephant cries after seeing others slaughtered in saddest Christmas advert ever made

Excerpt from metro.co.uk

This advert of an elephant crying may be one of the saddest Christmas adverts ever produced.

The highly emotionally charged clip challenges the UK Government’s view that animals aren’t sentient beings and Donald Trump’s view that hunting ‘trophies’ should be allowed.

It was produced by the World Wildlife Fund as part of their Just Like Us campaign.

It is a stark contrast to the monster under the bed advert from John Lewis and the carrot running for freedom from Aldi.

The video shows an elephant crying as it sees one of its herd gunned down by poachers for its tusks.

‘The illegal wildlife trade is a huge international organised crime, and the methods used by poachers and smugglers are becoming more and more sophisticated. It’s threatening to undo decades of conservation work.’

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#JustLikeUs, elephants feel complex emotions. Just like us, they feel loss. More African elephants are now being poached than born. This Christmas, help us tackle the illegal wildlife trade that’s putting these beautiful giants at risk

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe to Face Impeachment

As of this writing Robert Mugabe has shown no inclination to leave office.

It looks like he will have to be pushed out.

Will Zimbabwe peacefully transition to a different leader. You’ll have to take it day by day to see.

Sky News

Zimbabwe’s ousted vice president has called on Robert Mugabe to quit immediately – paving the way for him to take over.

Emmerson Mnangagwa – known as “the crocodile” – said in a statement on Tuesday that he is not in Zimbabwe and will not return until he is “satisfied of my personal security”.

He added that Mr Mugabe must “heed the call of the people to resign” or face “humiliation”.

Impeachment proceedings to remove the 93-year-old from power are expected to begin later – with the ruling Zanu-PF party backing Mr Mnangagwa to replace him.

Zimbabwe’s leader stunned his country on Sunday when he failed to announce that he was stepping down.

An ultimatum from Zanu-PF to resign by midday on Monday or face impeachment also came and went with no word from Mr Mugabe.

The party will now press ahead with impeachment by tabling a motion, and it believes it can all be done and dusted in a couple of days – contrary to the view of some experts.

“We want to get rid of this animal called Mugabe. We have the numbers, the opposition is also going to support us,” said Zanu-PF MP Vongai Mupereri.

“We are going to impeach – the man has to go,” MP MacKenzie Ncube told the AFP news agency.

Zimbabwe’s military chief said on Monday evening that a road map to hand over power had been agreed with Mr Mugabe.

Constantino Chiwenga said Mr Mnangagwa, whose firing led to the unrest in the country, would return to Zimbabwe “shortly” to meet the President.

Rubbing the noses of his opponents and most of his citizens, Mr Mugabe is also set to host a cabinet meeting on Tuesday at his official residence – although Zanu-PF has told ministers not to attend.

The 93-year-old has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since 1980 and the end of British colonialism, but events last week have brought him to the brink.

The vice president’s sacking put Mugabe’s unpopular wife, Grace, in prime position to succeed him.

The army promptly seized power and put the President under house arrest – but insisted it had not staged a coup.

Despite the impeachment machinery getting moving on Tuesday, lawyers have told Sky News it could take months to prise him from power.

Tarisai Mutangi, a constitutional lawyer, said: “He knows the law is on his side, that the constitution is on his side and that the kingpins of this process want to do it constitutionally, and that means it’s going to take quite some time.”

Under the Zimbabwean constitution, the president can be impeached for four things:

:: Serious misconduct
:: Failure to obey, uphold or defend this constitution
:: Willful violation of this Constitution
:: Inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity

Here’s some grandfatherly advice from Papa Mugabe:

Great News! Trump Puts Rollback of African Elephant Protections on Hold

Wouldn’t it be great if we deplorables could educate the entire Trump family on wildlife conservation?

We put the president’s feet to the fire after Thursday’s announcement that Obama’s protections for African wildlife were being revoked.

He responded on Friday:

We have to keep educating him and his family on the significance that our animal friends play in the human spirit. God created the elephant, the lion, and the rest and many of us see God’s hand in that creation.

Trophy hunting is easily distinguished from hunting for food. The latter may be morally justified but the former never can be.

BBC

President Donald Trump has suspended the import of elephant hunting trophies, only a day after a ban was relaxed by his administration.

Imports of trophies from elephants legally hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe had been set to resume, reversing a 2014 Obama-era ban.
But late on Friday, President Trump tweeted the change was on hold until he could “review all conservation facts”.

The move to relax the ban had sparked immediate anger from animal activists.

“Your shameful actions confirm the rumours that you are unfit for office,” said French actress Bridget Bardot in a letter sent to President Trump.

Protests spread on social media with many sharing images of President Trump’s sons posing with dead animals during their hunting trips in Africa.

One photo of Donald Trump Jr shows him holding the amputated tail of a dead elephant.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) had argued that hunting fees could aid conservation of the endangered animals.

Experts say that populations of African elephants are plummeting.
Their numbers dropped by about 30% from 2007-14, according to the 2016 Great Elephant Census.

The war on elephants

The non-profit group’s report found a population drop of 6% in Zimbabwe alone.

Despite their listing under the Endangered Species Act, there is a provision in US law that allows permits to import animal parts if there is sufficient evidence that the fees generated will actually benefit species conservation.

In 2015 a US dentist from Minnesota killed a famous lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

Cecil’s death triggered an outrage in the US and Zimbabwe, and briefly forced the hunter into hiding.

Some hunters claim that herds have to be culled to prevent overpopulation. That’s not true as far as I’m concerned.

Nature, minus man and his guns, is sufficient to keep animal life in balance.

Where population control is really needed is with the black African human.

TOO MANY OF THESE …

NOT ENOUGH OF THESE.

New Trump Policy Leaves African Lions and Elephants Unprotected from Hunters

For once I’m hoping a legitimate federal judge can be found who will find good reason in law for blocking a Trump policy change.

The change I’m referring to removes Obama era protections granted to African lions and elephants.

The big cats and even bigger elephants deserve to live out their natural lives in the wild free from the predatory African and the great white hunter.

Huffington Post

The Trump administration recently rolled back protections for African lions, releasing new guidelines that allow hunters to bring trophies from animals killed in parts of Africa into the U.S., according to updated rules released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wildlife officials began issuing permits for lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia sometime last month, ABC News reported on Thursday, pointing to a new page on the FWS website that details the regulations and calls hunting a “conservation tool.” Trophies from wild and wild-managed lions from South Africa are also acceptable under the import rules, and hunts from Mozambique, Namibia and Tanzania are under review.

The news comes the same week the White House came under fire over its plans to lift a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, a decision that was announced not by a federal agency but via a news release from a trophy hunting advocacy group, Safari Club International.

Allowing hunters to import elephant and lion trophies is a direct rollback of two Obama-era regulations meant to protect the species. In 2014, the White House banned elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe, citing a lack of data on conservation efforts. And in 2016 lions were officially listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and tighter restrictions were placed on the imports of hunting trophies.

Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, published a blog post slamming the move and saying the change cast the federal government as “a promoter of trophy hunting” in an interview with The Guardian.

“The Interior Department and the government of Zimbabwe (whoever is in charge) are rolling out the red carpet for the next Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who lured a famous and beloved lion, Cecil, out of a national park and shot and wounded him with an arrow,” Pacelle wrote on Thursday. “The outrage factor is almost beyond compare for us at The HSUS.”

President Donald Trump sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are big game hunters. Trump Jr. has traveled to Africa to hunt, and a photo that surfaced in 2012 shows him holding the severed tail of an elephant he shot and killed. Another photo shows the two brothers posing with a slain leopard.

Following the killing of Cecil in 2015, Pacelle noted, more than 40 airlines banned the transport of wildlife trophies on their planes. He also hinted that the Humane Society would sue the federal government.

“African elephants and African lions drive billions of dollars of economic activity in Africa. But they drive that activity only when they are alive. Killing them deducts from their populations, diminishes wildlife-watching experiences for others, and robs the countries of Africa of its greatest resources,” he said.

“The folly that the killing helps lions and elephants is just that ― pure folly. We’ll see the agency in court.”

African Novelist No One Ever Heard of Gets Google Doodle Today

Google’s politically correct agenda has reared it’s ugly head again today, with a Doodle that celebrates a nonwhite individual.

The hidden agenda is to make careless or time pressed people think that darkies have achieved the same level of accomplishment as whites have.

It’s not so.

None of us are likely to read the writings of the African featured here. None of us would want to, except out of curiousity. When I say that, I don’t mean to denigrate his writings, which surely offer insights into the mind of the African that would be of value to all of us.

The reality is that when the white man came to Africa, the African was living at his primitive level, which the (((Google))) folks would have us skip over in favor of the idea that Africans are brilliant achievers.

The Independent

The late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe has been honoured in a Google Doodle, underscoring his status as a towering figure of 20th century literature.

By creating a doodle marking what would have been Achebe’s 87th birthday, the tech giant is celebrating a writer many consider to be father of modern African literature.

Writing amid a post-colonial movement that saw African nations cast off decades of foreign rule and seek political sovereignty, Mr Achebe lent a voice to a generation of Africans who refused to be defined solely through the lenses of European thought.

Part of that work involved telling distinctly African stories from the perspective of African characters, helping to forge a literature that — like newly created countries — was independent from Europe.

Mr Achebe did so across dozens of novels and books of poetry and essays, leading many to refer to him as “the father of modern African literature”. He died in March of 2013 at the age of 82, having collected accolades that included the Man Booker International Prize.

His oeuvre stood in deliberate opposition to works of European literature that cast Africa as a setting and its people as bit players in the central affairs of Western characters. He denounced novelist Joseph Conrad as a “bloody racist” and called Mr Conrad’s novel “Heart of Darkness”, in which a European explorer plunges into a threatening and unfathomable Africa, as “a totally deplorable book”.

In contrast to European works that allowed Africans only minor or one-dimensional roles, Mr Achebe wrote novels that showed Nigerians as complex characters endowed with agency.

His best-known work, “Things Fall Apart,” remains a staple of school curricula. It tells the story of Okonkwo, the proud leader of his village.

The novel depicts the complex customs of the Igbo people, one of multiple ethnic groups in Nigeria with a distinct culture and language. The book portrays how Okonkwo’s world is upended by the appearance of Christian missionaries, and its closing paragraph — written from the perspective of a recently arrived colonial leader — functions as a haunting allusion to how European observers reduce and dismiss complex African cultures:

“He had already chosen the title of the book, after much thought: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.”

Zimbabwe: Mugabe to Negotiate Exit Deal?

Zimbabwe’s whites will be safer if there’s no orgy of bloodletting as has happened elsewhere in Africa.

President Mugabe had been calling for government theft of the land owned by white farmers, which undoubtedly would have ended up in the hands of his cronies. How a replacement government will deal with whites is something I don’t think anyone knows at this point.

If hard white genocide breaks out, we’re going to have to petition President Trump to take action to fly every single white person out of the country to safety in America.

The following comes from a Zimbabwean news source.

ewn.co.za

JOHANNESBURG – As South Africa’s special envoys to Zimbabwe begin talks on the crisis in the neighbouring country on Thursday morning, there are reports that President Robert Mugabe has been given an opportunity to negotiate an exit deal, which includes state protection for him and his family.

This has not been independently verified.

The SABC is reporting that Zimbabwe is likely to have a transitional government, which means sacked vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa could act as president for at least three months.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula and her state security counterpart Bongani Bongo arrived in Harare on Wednesday night.

They were deployed after the army announced a purge of what it calls criminals around President Mugabe.

Mugabe is said to be safe at home, where the military is holding him and his family.

International relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela says that all involved, including Mugabe, will be invited to the discussions aimed at ending the crisis.

“I can confirm that the special envoys appointed by president Zuma have arrived in Zimbabwe, they were welcomed well. They have just been briefed at the VIP lounge.”

Meanwhile, in the city, traffic appears to be flowing as normal on the roads in Harare on Thursday morning.

Some private schools that had shut or only catered for a few pupils on Wednesday have now reopened.

The head of the public service commission, Mariyawanda Nzuwah told Thursday’s Herald newspaper that civil servants should report for work as usual.

The big question now is: will two envoys, sent by President Zuma to meet with Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, have access to the main players as this situation unfolds?

Meanwhile, the head of the Zanu-PF youth league has apologised to the head of the army for criticising him in a statement earlier this week.

Kudzai Chipanga was a close ally of First Lady Grace Mugabe and said earlier this week that he and other youths were willing to die for President Mugabe. This was a humiliation for Chipanga, who was arrested on Wednesday.

He appeared on state television on Wednesday night to read out a statement in which he apologised to the head of the defence forces, Constantine Chiwenga.

He said he had erred and was ill-advised and begged the commander to accept his apologies. He also claimed that he hadn’t been forced to make the apology.

Chipanga on Tuesday criticised the army for threatening to step in.

The state broadcaster has also changed its tune: it’s now giving positive coverage to war veteran leaders who have called for the removal of Mugabe as leader of Zanu-PF.

The comments at the source site suggest that Mugabe should be placed on trial for genociding some African tribe whose name was unfamiliar to me. There’s a lot that goes on in Zimbabwe that stays in Zimbabwe.

WHITE WOMEN IN ZIMBABWE. STAY SAFE, PEOPLE.

That photo of the women came from this very weird article pandering to blacks.

Confusion About Zimbabwe as Army Takes Control of Harare But Denies Coup

FILE PHOTO OF COURAGEOUS DOG GUARDING WHITE ZIMBABWE FAMILY.

Our concern is for the safety of our white brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe. Otherwise, let the African natives have at each other.

Let’s hope that so-called refugees are not created by the present situation. They have a way of ending up in Europe and America.

BBC

The military has taken control in Zimbabwe but said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, was safe.
After seizing state TV, an army spokesman announced it was targeting people close to Mr Mugabe who had caused “social and economic suffering”.

The move came after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in favour of his wife, Grace.

Heavy gun and artillery fire could be heard in northern parts of the capital Harare early on Wednesday.

A statement read out by a general on air denied it was a coup. There was no immediate word from the president himself.

Messages appeared on a Twitter account purportedly run by the ruling Zanu-PF party saying he had been detained. But there has been no confirmation by the army.
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Mr Mugabe, 93, has dominated the impoverished country’s political scene since independence from the UK.

South African President Jacob Zuma said he hoped events in Zimbabwe would not lead to “unconstitutional changes of government”.

The UK Foreign Office advised Britons “currently in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer”, while the US embassy in Harare advised US citizens in Zimbabwe to “shelter in place” until further notice.

China, Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner, says it is closely watching the situation and hopes that the relevant parties can properly handle their internal affairs.

How did the military justify its move?

Troops in armoured vehicles have been out in the streets of the capital Harare since Tuesday.

After soldiers overran the headquarters of the ZBC broadcaster, Maj Gen Sibusiso Moyo went on air to say the military wished to “assure the nation that his Excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed”.

“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… that are causing social and economic suffering in the country,” he said.

“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”

Other key points of the statement include:

Citizens should remain calm and limit unnecessary movement

The military assures the Zimbabwean judiciary that its independence is guaranteed

Security services should “co-operate for the good of our country” and any provocation would “be met with an appropriate response”

All leave for the defence forces is cancelled and personnel should return to barracks immediately

It is not clear who is leading the military action.

Army chief Gen Constantino Chiwenga, who visited China last week, said on Monday the army was prepared to act to end purges within Zanu-PF.

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